Top 15 Cloud Collaboration Apps
April 04, 2011 08:00 AM Judging by the investments that developers -- both well-established and start-ups -- are making in the collaboration market, software vendors are paying more than lip service to the adage that no man is an island. Certainly, businesses are investigating -- and investing in -- tools that help employees brainstorm, locate each other, schedule meetings, and communicate via social networks. Collaboration technology itself covers a broad spectrum of devices, from instant messaging and email, to cell phones and videoconferencing equipment. The cloud empowers individuals to use these tools practically anywhere, further boosting corporate productivity and spurring investment. Here's 15 of the leading cloud collaboration applications.
Available free to businesses users -- whether they are Salesforce.com customers or not, Chatter lets users collaborate, share, and interact via a private, secure network. Chatter works on any desktop, as well as multiple mobile devices such as iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android. Users also can receive notifications; find and share files; get reports and analytics from the software's dashboard, receive recommendations on people to follow, and invite colleagues to join the social network software. More than 60,000 companies use Chatter, according to Salesforce. Santander Consumer USA, for example, uses Chatter to share presentations, documents, and status updates, the auto-financing company said. "Our employees love using Chatter to stay informed and learn from each other," said Will Stacy IV, director of marketing at Santander, in a video.